Recent Stories on Sparks

April 11, 2016

Richard Park '16 & Bella Okiddy MS '16, and Caroline Stevens AM '16 have recieved the 2016 Embark Post-Graduate Fellowship, which supports graduating students seeking to pursue their entrepreneurial ventures as full-time endeavors post-graduation.

Here, the Fellows share their stories and innovations. 

Swearer Center
March 25, 2016

Kristin spoke with Sharma in her office at the Swearer Center for Public Service in early March—as it happened, on International Women’s Day. Sharma, who lives in Delhi, is the first Social Entrepreneur in Residence, a partnership between the Swearer Center and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy.

Sharma is the founder of the award-winning nonprofit FORCE, a water conservation and policy organization that promotes sustainable, equitable water management through “Modern Technology, Traditional Wisdom, and People’s Participation.”

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Kristin Moe
March 15, 2016
"If little girls like me were saying Barbie is the pretty one and the brown one is the ugly one, that's a problem."

Yelitsa Jean-Charles studies Illustration at RISD with a a concentration in Gender, Race & Sexuality. She identifies as a visual activist, and believes that artists have a responsibility as society’s image-makers. Her doll company and book series, Healthy Roots, combats internalized racism and colorism by getting to the root of the problem: altering beauty standards and cultviating self-love for young girls through education, diversity, and positive representation. 

Isabel DeBre '18 and Nitya Amalean '16, Storytellers for Good
March 12, 2016
An Excerpt

Mina is a Brown-RISD Social Innovation Fellow. She traveled to her home in Iran last summer and brought back a cultural souvenir: the book she wrote, Taste of Culture. She explores Iranian families, streets, stores and the stories and spirit embedded in the recipes of Iranian food. She hopes to start a conversation about the benefit of knowing cuisines of different cultures to connect societies. 

This year's class of Brown-RISD Social Innovation Fellows have just begun their yearlong foray into the world of social entrepenuership. Check out their projects here

Mina Jafarpoor '16
March 9, 2016
"My ego was totally invested. I was out there 'preserving culture'...and that wasn't really what the day called for."

In India, Caitie unexpectedly discovered the need for education--and for listening. 

This audio story is part of "20 Years of Royce" - a series celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Royce Fellowship, which supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Stories produced by Liza Yeager '17.

Swearer Center
February 22, 2016

Pia is a junior double-concentrating in Education Studies and Comparative Literature. This is her third year with Writers' Groupa Swearer Center Community Program that offers creative writing workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, and her first year as a Swearer Center Community Fellow.

Pia Ceres '17
February 19, 2016
I was intrigued by the program, but very intimidated by some of the topics. I’ve never been in the position to talk about gender or sexuality or rape culture.

Tiara came into Brown dead set on studying Neuroscience. After a summer or working with the local Planned Parenthood branch and taking health based classes she realized public health was her real calling. She has been volunteering for the SHAPE (Sexual Health Advocacy through Peer Education) program since sophomore year. 

Tiara Mack '16
February 16, 2016

Brian is a sophomore studying applied mathematics who has been working with Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) since the start of his freshman year. 

This story is dedicated to the memory of outreach team leader John Freitas. The work he did mattered.

Brian Gilbert '18
February 10, 2016

Molly is a junior concentrating in History and Education Studies and a Community Fellow for the MET Family Literacy Program. She hopes to keep teaching ESOL after graduation. She can often be seen sporting a hat around campus-- feel free to ask her about it.

Molly Sandstrom '17
February 8, 2016

Daniel is a senior at Brown concentrating in History, Latin American Studies, and Urban Studies. Daniel has been a BRYTE tutor since his freshman year, a BRYTE Summer Camp counselor, and a BRYTE coordinator for the past two semesters.

Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) is a student-run program that pairs Brown students with refugee students who have recently resettled to Providence from South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. BRYTE tutors work one-on-one with their students in their students’ homes for at least a year (but often up to four) on literacy, math, and other subjects, developing strong and reciprocal relationships with their tutees.

Daniel Wilhite ‘16
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